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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty pros after CDL Champs 2020

Published: 6/Sep/2020 16:22 Updated: 6/Sep/2020 16:23

by Matt Porter

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 Professional Call of Duty players have won over $20 million in prize money collectively over the years, but who has won the most individually? With the inaugural Call of Duty League season now complete, here are the 20 players who have earned the most throughout their careers. 

Over the last decade Call of Duty has seen a steady rise in prize money awarded, with players earning hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to their exploits in the popular first-person shooter.

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This year so the biggest change in the FPS title’s history, with the introduction of the 12-team Call of Duty League, a franchised competition with Home Series events, culminating in the massive 2020 Call of Duty League Championship on August 30.

Throughout the years, CoD has seen a number of different dynasties dominate the competitive scene, from the dominant compLexity squad which ran roughshod over opponents throughout Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, all the way to the legendary OpTic Gaming team that secured the organization’s first Call of Duty World Championship in 2017.

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In 2019, more money was on the line than ever, as players competed in the CWL Pro League and the subsequent playoffs, alongside the 2019 Call of Duty World Championship, with 100 Thieves and eUnited putting in stellar performances across the year to take home the bulk of winnings in 2019.

100 Thieves celebrating at CWL London 2019.100 Thieves secured two championships in the Black Ops 4 season.

2020 was an even bigger year for prize money, with CDL teams competing throughout the year, while the 2020 Call of Duty League Championships boasted the game’s biggest prize pool ever, at a mouthwatering $4.6 million, with the winning team taking home $1.6 million.

It’s no surprise that our winners take center stage then, as Dallas Empire dominated Atlanta FaZe in the grand finals to win the best-of-nine series 5-1, taking home the grand prize alongside some lovely championship rings, custom Jordan sneakers, and even a throne.

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The victory means the team’s elder statesmen Crimsix and Clayster take home their third rings, very much proving that there is life in those old dog’s yet, but also moves them into rarified air in the Call of Duty scene, becoming the first players to earn over $1 million in prize money.

Dallas Empire celebrating at Call of Duty League Home Series.
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Crimsix and Clayster become the first players to win $1 million in prize money.

The rest of the top 10 is still dominated by familiar names, those veterans with a history of continued success and especially consistency at the World Championship. Sam ‘Octane’ Larew remains the highest player without a ring to his name, having finished as runner-up in the 2019 Call of Duty Championships.

*Note: Some players have also earned money in Halo. However, these winnings have been deducted from the table below to only show winnings in Call of Duty. The list includes prize money only and not salary earnings.

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Top 20 Highest Earning Call of Duty Pro Players – Updated September 6 2020

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Crimsix US $1,141,909
2nd Clayster US $1,088,771
3rd Scump US $842,630
4th Karma CAN $814,887
5th FormaL US $784,932
6th JKap US $714,188
7th SlasheR US $708,183
8th Arcitys US $617,579
9th Prestinni US $601,873
10th Apathy US $583,347
11th aBeZy US $560,864
12th Simp US $523,745
13th John US $524,441
14th Priestahh US $483,150
15th ACHES US $479,606
16th Huke SA $442,352
17th Enable US $442,279
18th Attach US $428,315
19th Octane US $394,948
20th Classic US $385,074
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This article was last updated on September 6 2020 at 11:09 AM EST

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing

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Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.

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The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel

Maps

There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

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  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
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For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.

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Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.

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SMG Blueprint

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Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.

Schedule

Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.